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Memphis’ Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith deemed a fixture in Body of Christ as the face of WOPP


Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. (Ecclesiastes 4:9 KJV)


GOD’S WOMAN OF PROMISE 

GOD’S LEADING LADY — More than anything, it is because Reverend Sheilah-Smith, this beloved Mid-South-area preacher, is walking diligently in her divine purpose as the Founder and President of Women of Promise and Praise, her inspiring, spiritually-enhancing ministry that has become a constant fixture in the Body of Christ.

DALLAS — To her credit and much to her delight, Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith can be appropriately described as a Proverbs 31 kind of woman.

Not just because she’s a devout woman of faith.

Not just because she’s steadfastly on fire for God.

Not because she’s found her spiritual niche as one of God’s most dedicated and resourceful spokespersons.

More than anything, it is because Easterling-Smith, this beloved Mid-South-area preacher, is walking diligently in her divine purpose as the Founder and President of Women of Promise and Praise, her inspiring, spiritually-enhancing ministry that has become a constant fixture in the Body of Christ.

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Established in 2007, Easterling-Smith’s Women of Promise and Praise (or WOPP) is comprised of a group of women dedicated to helping uplift and encourage other women.

“We also concentrate on educating young ladies,” said a spokesperson for WOPP in a detailed introduction of this ministry on its Facebook business page.

A notable ministry that is widely known for aiding and empowering women mightily to discover and reconnect with their God-given worth and purpose, WOPP is making preparations to hold “It Takes A Village” conference, its annual one-day event that will be comprised of a variety of workshops.

Powered by WOPP, this year’s “It Takes A Village” conference will take place on August 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST at Memphis’ Impact Baptist Church & Ministries, located at 2025 Clifton Avenue.

Tickets for this event are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 901.210.7235 or by emailing Easterling-Smith at seasterl@comcast.net.

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During Easterling-Smith’s “It Takes A Village” conference, an assortment of pertinent topics will be discussed, most notably opioid epidemic, sickle cell disease, childhood trauma, domestic violence, and bullying, just to name a few.

Also, door prizes will be given away during this fun-filled, community-wide fellowship.

Interestingly, WOPP will be hosting what is known as the “Seven Last Words Service” Friday night at 7 at Memphis’ Gifts of Life Ministries, located at 3381 Raleigh Millington Road.

This service, which is powered by WOPP, is a pre-Good Friday celebratory event and will be highlighted by a “preached word, drama, and music,” Easterling-Smith wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week.

Hosted by Pastor Andre and Lady Lisa Johnson in conjunction with WOPP, the “Seven Last Words Service” will feature a gallery of at least a half dozen Mid-South-area preachers, as well as a musical presentation by Crystal “SaxLady” Brown.

For Reverend Easterling-Smith, she has managed to assemble what is widely regarded as an immeasurable body of word throughout the year, particularly as a clergywoman.

A notable ministry that is widely known for aiding and empowering women mightily to discover and reconnect with their God-given worth and purpose, WOPP is making preparations to hold “It Takes A Village” conference, its annual one-day event that will be comprised of a variety of workshops.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Easterling-Smith is a graduate of Cleveland’s historic John F. Kennedy High School, where she was devoted to academic excellence while being active in several extracurricular activities, most notably editor of the school’s newspaper.

One of the “First Ladies” (and captains) of what was known as the  Highsteppers, Easterling-Smith was named a Who’s Who in Cleveland Public High Schools.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN — A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Easterling-Smith is a graduate of Cleveland’s historic John F. Kennedy High School, where she was devoted to academic excellence while being active in several extracurricular activities, most notably editor of the school’s newspaper.

Consequently, she enrolled at Indiana State University on an academic scholarship, where she earned an undergraduate with degree in Journalism, a feat that eventually landed her a job in public relations in nearby Chicago. Her professional work experience includes having worked as an R&B promoter for Malaco Records, during which she represented entertainers Z. Z. Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Denise Lasalle, and Little Milton, among others.

Upon relocating to Memphis, Easterling-Smith worked at The Commercial Appeal in the Composing/Make-Up department before she discovered a spiritual detour, of sorts, after she had become a member of Memphis’ historic Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

THE LORD’S DOING — For Reverend Easterling-Smith, she has managed to assemble what is widely regarded as an immeasurable body of word throughout the year, particularly as a clergywoman.

After having served in a variety of ministries at the church known as “The Boulevard,” Easterling-Smith had ultimately accepted her call to ministry. She enrolled at Memphis Theological Seminary, where she graduated cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Divinity.

While operating as the President of WOPP, she is a member of the Fellowship of Black Disciples Clergywomen, North Stakeholders & Clergy Group, the Frayser Exchange Club, as well as the Church Developers Network.


For more information about Mid-South-area Minister/Businesswoman Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/sheilah.easterlingsmith. Also, send email to: seasterl@comcast.net.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

YES SHE DID! Cincinnati Businesswoman Cynthia McCalister’s dream becomes a reality with release of new book

Shortly after 10 o’clock EST on Saturday morning, Cynthia McCalister took to her Facebook Key Spot Business Partners page where, as usual, she thought it necessary to stage a rather inspirational, thought-provoking post.

VISION FOCUSED — A book that is comprised of 140 pages and was officially released on June 10, Cincinnati Businesswoman McCalister’s “YES YOU CAN! 10 Great Ways To Market Your Business” is designed to take the business marketing lessons she’s learned as a business owner and, in turn, help other business owners cost effectively and simplistically market their business.

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else,” said McCalister in a post whereby she coined a spirited and eloquent quote once uttered by legendary American educator Booker T. Washington.

For McCalister, her entrepreneurship reputation is such that she is widely known for customarily inspiring others, particularly as it pertains to maximizing their potential through their respective business venture.

Such was the case in her informative and in-depth book entitled, “YES YOU CAN! 10 Great Ways To Market Your Business,” a project that made its official release on the market last week.

“I wrote the book to help motivate and inspire other business owners,” McCalister, a Cincinnati-based businesswoman, told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “It is not easy being a small business owner.  You go through ups and downs.”

A book that is comprised of 140 pages and was officially released on June 10, McCalister’s “YES YOU CAN! 10 Great Ways To Market Your Business” is designed to take the business marketing lessons she’s learned as a business owner and, in turn, help other business owners cost effectively and simplistically market their business.

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“I want to give them tools to help take them to the next level of success,” said McCalister, the owner and chief executive officer of Key Spot by Quality SAP, a progressive and forward thinking information technology company that specializes in — but isn’t limited to — developing affordable mobile application platforms.

Having cited April 2015 as the time in which God introduced her to the vision to what she recalled as resetting her path, thus focusing her business on supporting other small business owners and connecting communities, McCalister said the inspiration for composing her book came from her parents.

McCalister’s father was a small business owner and her mother was a fixture for a host of non-profit organizations, during which she constantly gave back to the community.

LEAST SHE FORGET — McCalister said the inspiration for composing her book came from her parents. Her father was a small business owner and her mother was a fixture for a host of non-profit organizations, during which she constantly gave back to the community.

As for McCalister’s newly-produced book, she acknowledges, among other things, that many business owners/aspiring business owners will hear many “no’s” and revenue won’t always flow to which they anticipate.

“Sometimes, the hardest part is getting people to know about you as a business (owner) and putting your name into the atmosphere,” McCalister said a detailed description of her book at Amazon.com. “As a small business owner, I have marketed my business in many ways, from going door-to-door and cold calling, to using social media to share my business.”

Much to her delight, McCalister’s effectively aggressive and strategic approach had ultimately given way to her reaping favorable results as a resilient and resourceful businesswoman.

“By taking many different approaches, I have finally unlocked the door to effective business marketing,” McCalister said. “Don’t think you’re too out of touch to get your brand out there, or think it’s too expensive or complicated to figure out. In my book, I will give you ten ways to successfully market your business.”

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Also, McCalister acknowledged her concept to assemble her book stemmed from having spent two decades in the IT industry.

“It was in a dream that the idea for the Key Spot Mobile application platform came to me,” explained McCalister, who’s presently co-authoring a soon-to-be-published book with fellow businesswoman Kim Coles entitled, “Open Your G.I.F.T.S.  (Volume 2). “The idea was to offer a platform to leverage mobile technology to affordably promote positivity such as community events, local businesses, restaurants, and other gems in the community. In addition, I established a nationwide business network, Key Spot Business Partners, to continue to support, promote, and recognized small businesses making a positive impact.”

GIVING BACK BIG TIME — For McCalister, her entrepreneurship reputation is such that she is widely known for customarily inspiring others, particularly as it pertains to maximizing their potential. Such was the case in her informative and in-depth book entitled, “YES YOU CAN! 10 Great Ways To Market Your Business,” a project that made its official release on the market last week.

When asked what is the divine message she’s sending to her audience through her new book, McCalister said, “When it comes to business marketing, the key is try new things. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way, these are opportunities to learn.  Always know that anything is possible to achieve with God, a dream, and hard work.”

As expected, the feedback since the release of her new book has been favorable, McCalister said.

“People are inspired, excited, and motivated to begin taking the tools I have provided and applying them to their business,” McCalister said. “(This book) aligns with (God’s) plan for me, to continue to reach out, uplift, promote, and inspire others.”

 

For more information about Cincinnati Businesswoman Cynthia McCalister or to order her new book, visit www.keyspotapp.com or www.qualitysap.com. For additional inquiries, send email to:  admin@qualitysap.com. Also, connect with McCalister via social media at:

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

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Washington, D. C.-area businesswoman Nikki Smith using Total Life Changes for economic prosperity, to enhance life of artistic son

ON HER GRIND — Having acknowledged that she chose the education industry for job security because it would give way to a sense of job security, Nikki Smith said her tenure in the classroom ultimately gave way to becoming an obstacle, of sorts, in large part because her son had been stricken by a variety of special needs. Fortunately for her, that is when Total Life Changes had come into play, thus providing her with the newfound hope and enthusiasm, let alone the much-needed breakthrough she so desperately sought — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

In a variety of aspects, Nikki Michelle Smith and her affiliation with Total Life Changes go hand in hand.

Take, for instance, how when Smith, a former professional educator, joined Total Life Changes a year-and-a-half or so ago, this Washington, D.C.-area businesswoman sensed, among other things, that this thriving, progressive business would benefit her mightily.

Most importantly, during an exclusive interview Friday morning with Making Headline News, Smith spoke at length about how her having joined TLC would greatly enhance her lifestyle and that of her son, Darrell Anthony Bronston, Jr.

During an exclusive interview on Friday morning with Making Headline News, Smith spoke at length about how her having joined TLC would greatly enhance her lifestyle and that of her son, Darrell Anthony Bronston, Jr. Bronston, Jr. is a 16-year-old child who diagnosed with severe autism when he was 3 ½ years old.

Bronston, Jr. is a 16-year-old child who was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 3 ½ years old.

“That was devastating to me,” said Smith while speaking passionately about her only child. “Although I’ve always been positive and always had a lifelong goal of being a teacher, his diagnosed inspired me to learn more about special education so I would know how I could apply it with him as well as understand his educational rights.”

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Having acknowledged that she chose the education industry for job security purposes and because it would give way to financial stability, Smith said her tenure in the classroom ultimately gave way to her job becoming an obstacle, of sorts, in large part because her son had been stricken by a variety of special needs.

HEAVEN SENT — More than anything, Smith said while displaying her smile, she’s mostly grateful for her son, her precious, beloved, tailor-made gift from God and arguably her grandest inspiration.

“That turned into an obstacle,” Smith explained. “Either I made too much money, not enough money, I missed a dead line, or the money ran out and so on. It was very frustrating, and the reality was I needed help.”

Fortunately for her, that is when Total Life Changes had come into play, thus providing her with the newfound hope and enthusiasm, let alone the much-needed breakthrough she so desperately sought — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

Having officially gone into operations in 1999, Total Life Changes, or TLC as it is widely known, provides thousands of people around the world with the opportunity to build a brighter future, most notably by way of living and savoring a healthy lifestyle, as well as through the financial freedom and flexibility they seek.

According to a spokesperson for TLC, this internationally-acclaimed business has developed a widely described as a “true sense of family” that is shared by its independent business owners, executive staff, and customer service agents. Moreover, this company is credible in that it customarily provides its members with an unlimited opportunity to grow their business, not to mention develop a network of offices located across the world.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Smith emphasized that amongst her notable goals as an independent business owner through TLC is to have a stellar business-related impact with its assortment of products throughout the United States, even as far as the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Canada, among other establishments.

In addition, she aspires to use her products and generated revenue to help enhance and make comfortable the lives of individuals who share a similar lifestyle as her.

“My goal is the help special needs moms and pops and help them see the benefits of a home-based business,” Smith said. “You see…raising children with special needs has it rewards.”

 

More than anything, Smith said while displaying her smile, she’s mostly grateful for her son, her precious, beloved, tailor-made gift from God and arguably her grandest inspiration.

“My son has taught me a lot,” Smith said. “However, his needs have also caused me to leave my job.”

Then again, Smith didn’t actually leave her job, at least not on her on own merits, mind you.

“I got fired, because my days were spent going to therapy sessions,” Smith explained. “I was getting called home because the sitter could not handle his high needs or I could not trust just anyone with my child. His father helps a lot, but when I left the (Ohio), it was overwhelming emotionally, financially and physically. I started to lose myself.

“I was depressed and I was emotionally detached from my child,” Smith continued. “I did all the motherly duties but I was reclosed…gained weight, didn’t care about my appearance and all of that always was taking its toll. My mom brought it to my attention I was burnt out. A lot of special needs parent find themselves in this same situation and sadly on the other side of the law for neglect, abuse, and sometimes the loss of a child to social services, not because they were bad parents, but because they were overwhelmed and lacked resources or support most times both.

With proper education, coupled with her affiliation with Total Life Changes, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that because of her relentless faith, she adopted a newfound disposition on life — a life-enhancing trend that is proving beneficial for the young Darrell, Jr.

“The Nutraburst gives him the vitamins he needs that he don’t get due what he eats over again,” Smith said. “The NRG helps him focus and gives him mental energy as well. He has meltdowns when there is too much going on and he goes into sensory overload, which causes him to have meltdowns. The NRG has helped with that a lot (Disclaimer: TLC does not mitigate any medical claims or cures of any diseases, disorders or ailments). But we focus on results.”

Fortunately for Smith, the results have been favorable.

Which, after all, sums up that in a variety of aspects, Nikki Michelle Smith and her affiliation with Total Life Changes go hand in hand.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Cincinnati-based businesswoman Cynthia McCalister’s Quality SAP Inc. is having a national information technology impact

For Cynthia McCalister, her entrepreneurial mindset spans back more than 30 years.

All things considered, she has her parents to thank.

Take, for instance, how back in August 1981, when the Professional Air Traffic Controllers implemented a strike that was ultimately declared illegal and was broken by the Reagan Administration.

By and large, such a well-publicize work stoppage gave way to the entrepreneurial concept for McCalister’s father, the late Thomas Johnson.

GLOBAL IMPACT — Amongst the notable neighborhood gems Cincinnati businesswoman Cynthia McCalister has serviced include: Bonita’s Southern Style Sweet Potato Pies, East of Chicago Pizza, NT Nails, Crown Jewel Designs, Made With Love Cakes and Catering Services, Prayer In Action Events by L’BAE, and Full Throttle Indoor Karting, just to name a few.

“It was the influence of my parents, Thomas and Madlyn Johnson, that gave me the drive to be an entrepreneur,” McCalister, who resides in Cincinnati, told Making Headline News this week. “After the Air Traffic Controllers Strike in the 80’s, my father set out on a path to become a small business owner.”

McCalister’s father eventually made good on his business-related pledge and by starting what had become Regal Carpet Cleaning.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Having witnessed her father evolve mightily as a business owner, coupled with her mother having become a fixture as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, not to mention a counselor for the AIDS Foundation of Dayton, Ohio and later a minister, McCalister sensed that one day she would absorb and take heed to their influential, immeasurable impact.

ON THE MOVE — Quality SAP, by all accounts, is widely known as a progressive and forward thinking IT company that specializes in — but isn’t limited to — developing affordable mobile application platforms. With the launch of the Key Spot mobile application platform, it is an ideal tool for business and consumers to find and post deals, discounts, and events all in one Key Spot. Now you can find discounts and deals wherever you go.

According to the business’ overview on its The Key Spot App Facebook page, “Quality SAP” stands for Quality, Service, And Products.

Quality SAP, by all accounts, is widely known as a progressive and forward thinking IT company that specializing in — but isn’t limited to — developing affordable mobile application platforms.

Most importantly and ideally for consumers, McCalister’s business highlights and provides affordable rates specifically for local and small businesses. With the launch of the Key Spot mobile application platform, it is an ideal tool for business and consumers to find and post deals, discounts, and events all in one Key Spot. Now you can find discounts and deals wherever you go.

On Wednesday April 12, from 6-9 p.m. EST, in Cincinnati, there will be a Key Spot sponsored Small Business Networking Event hosted by Key Spot’s Business Partner, Full Throttle Indoor Karting.  During the event, business owners will have the opportunity to network, build relationships, showcase their services and products, and get tools to help acquire and enjoy business growth.

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In addition, there will be a Small Business Go Karting Challenge to see which business “comes out on top,” McCalister said.

“I get the most enjoyment working with small business owners by being a champion for them and supporting their growth,” McCalister, an Ohio native, said. “When I say I want to help you reach your goals, I mean it. I work to help spread the word about the hidden gems by leveraging technology of the Key Spot app, creating networking connections, and social media.”

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“When we are able to connect businesses to each other, such as an event coordinator looking for vendors, or a restaurant owner looking for desert makers, it provides opportunities for both sides to benefit,” McCalister explained. “In addition, being a patron provides the best firsthand account of products and services.”

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Amongst the notable neighborhood gems McCalister has serviced include: Bonita’s Southern Style Sweet Potato Pies, East of Chicago Pizza, NT Nails, Crown Jewel Designs, Made With Love Cakes and Catering Services, Prayer In Action Events by L’BAE, and Full Throttle Indoor Karting, just to name a few.

“For businesses, the Key Spot app is like having a custom mobile advertising app at a fraction of the cost,” she said.

Interesting enough, not only is The Key Spot app available for businesses, but such a tool is suitable for all users, most notably to be used by customers for finding and posting deals, discounts, events within the community, along with self-managing and sharing educational events, church activities, concerts, garage sales, as well as other local happenings.

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Having been actively involved in the information technology industry for more than 20 years, McCalister holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management, as well as a number of Professional Certificates.

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THE LEGACY LIVES ONHaving witnessed her father evolve mightily as a business owner, coupled with her mother having become a fixture as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, a counselor for the AIDS Foundation of Dayton, Ohio, and later a minister, McCalister sensed that one day she would absorb and take heed to their influential impact.

Since Quality SAP‘s inception, there are currently Key Spot business partners in 15 states, including Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, New York, Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Alabama, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, and California.

“We are continuing to spread across the country,” McCalister said.

All things considered, she has her parents to thank.

“As a family, we helped and supported (my father’s) journey,” McCalister said. “I saw firsthand the hard work he put into growing his business. In my mother, I saw God’s love demonstrated by her work in the community. Though they are no longer with us, their legacy lives on through me.”

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A legacy that, because she thought it necessary long ago to heed her parents’ advice and life’s lessons, has greatly given way to Quality SAP now having a global presence.

“I would not have achieved so much if it was not for my faith in God, the support of my family, friends, and business team for believing in me and my dream,” McCalister said. “With the love of my husband and children, it has given me the motivation to continue to strive for the highest heights. I want to make my family proud and be a positive role model, demonstrating anything is possible to achieve with God, a dream, and hard work.”

That’s the key.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.